I just read a book called Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger and I could not put it down! I stayed up well past my bedtime to see who had killed the narrator’s older sister. The beginning of a well-written book is comparable to the opening of the curtains of a highly-acclaimed play at a theater. Both must draw the audience in quickly and keep them engaged to be considered top-notch writing.
Good writers and playwrights have the ability to take us on excursions into another place and time. They can keep us spellbound by the descriptive scenes, choice of words and make us care about the welfare of the characters.
When we have read or heard that last line, we silently push back and pause as if we have completed a hearty meal. We become quietly reflective and a thousand what-if’s race through our minds. Good writers reveal life’s beauty in spite of its many imperfections.
Ingredients such as an irresponsible wealthy family, clandestine affairs, murder and suicide will definitely keep those fingers rapidly turning pages or keep audiences sitting on the edges of their seats.
Sometimes, the entire tale is spilled out in the book or on stage, but often there are those soft innuendos that leave blanks and questions. Those unknowns can become the meat of great book club discussions because life can be seen from so many slants and points of view. Sometimes, it is what was not said that says the most.
Ernest Hemingway said, “In order to write about life first you must live it.” William Kent Krueger has obviously seen life up close and felt it personally because his writing was like witnessing a great play.
Lynn M. September 16, 2017